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|U.S. Senate, Wisconsin|
|Bachelor's||University of Wisconsin-Whitewater|
|Master's||University of Wisconsin-River Falls|
|Place of birth||East Troy, Wisconsin|
|Profession||small business owner|
Neumann earned his bachelor's from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and his masters in Supervision and Instructional Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He owns a home building company. He was a congressman from 1994 to 1995.
Controversy over stimulus funds
Media reports state that while Neumann campaigned on ending the federal stimulus program, his solar company received $80,000 in federal grants.
Neumann listed some of his campaign platform on his website: "Now, Mark Neumann is running for United States Senate and has released a plan to balance the budget and put America back into surplus in just 5 years. His plan includes:
- Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution
- Repeal ObamaCare
- Make the Bush Tax Cuts Permanent
- Eliminating or Cutting 150 government programs
- $1.4 trillion spending cuts
- $368 billion in tax cut offsets from subsidies and more spending cuts
- Mark believes America needs bold tax reform: a simpler, fairer, and flatter tax system with fewer loopholes.
- Mark opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants and believes the first step government must take on immigration is to secure our borders."
Neumann ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Wisconsin. Neumann sought the nomination on the Republican ticket. He faced Eric Hovde, Jeff Fitzgerald, John Schiess, and was defeated by Tommy Thompson in the August 14 Republican primary.
The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012, detailing the eight races in the Senate in 2012 that will decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013. The seat rated a toss-up that the Sabato's Crystal Ball believed could be decided by the party's nomination is the Senate seat in Wisconsin. If former Governor Tommy Thompson (R) can win the Republican nomination and make it to the general election in November, the article believed he would have a significant edge. According to the article, "Given the current state of these toss ups, it’s not a stretch to think that a Thompson victory in Wisconsin could end up giving Republicans their 51st Senate seat."
The Senate primary race brought in $3.4 million dollars in campaign ads from outside the state targeting Republican candidates. Club for Growth Action, a political action committee, spent $1.2 million on ads against Neumann's opponents.
Neumann is married with three children and four grandchildren.
- Campaign website "Bio"
- Associated Press "GOP Senate candidate Mark Neumann defends taking $80K in stimulus funds for his Wisconsin company," February 2, 2012
- Campaign website "Budget"
- Campaign website "Tax"
- Campaign website "Immigration"
- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel "Tammy Baldwin enters race for open Senate seat," accessed January 6, 2012
- WISN Primary Results
- Center for Politics "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" Accessed April 9, 2012
- iWatch News "Outside spending helps make Wisconsin Senate primary a tossup" Accessed August 16, 2012
- Campaign website "Bio"